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Go to the PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania 
Higher Education
Food Recovery Challenge. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.

Directions and Conference PDF
are at the top of this page.

Join us for this memorable event on the Penn State University Park campus. It is a time for change on campuses, in our country and around the world. Join us to learn about progress on renewable energy, a new program to put a price on carbon on campus, progress on the food challenge and much more.  Plus a keynote address from Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State, IPCCC author and host of the PBS series "Earth, the Operator's Manual." Check out the full agenda to find out more.

Climate Change 
Committee Forms
Based on interest expressed at the "Building Bridges" conference a PERC Committee on Climate Change held its first meeting on November 2nd. The committee will likely focus on ways that institutions can mitigate climate and boost resiliency both on their campuses and in Pennsylvania's communities. A summary of the first meeting is available on the Climate Change committee's page. Everyone from PERC Member schools is encouraged to join. Contact Don Brown at dabrown57@gmail.com to participate in this important work.

PERC at COP 21, Paris
PERC will be represented at the upcoming COP 21 (Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC) in Paris this December. PERC founder Don Brown will represent PERC and Widener Law School in an event which will examine how nations have

concretely considered or ignored ethics and justice in determining national climate commitments. The matters reported on were derived from a research project Don has had with the University of Sydney in Australia in which 20 researchers from 20 countries investigated how nations actually took equity and ambition into account in developing national climate change policies. A description of the project and its conclusions are available on the project website Nationalclimatejustice.org. For a look at PERC's event at last years COP, click here. 

PERC receives national award from EPA as Endorser of the Year

On Thursday of Earth Week 2015, representatives from the EPA, Sodexo and PERC gathered at Franklin & Marshall College to recognize PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge.  Sean Garvin, Regional Administrator for the EPA's District III, presented Josh Hooper, PERC's Executive Director, with the award. Full story with video here.

Pictures from the event are on the student-run PERColator page on Facebook.  

Lycoming students Julian and Johanna with food donationsLycoming becomes latest Challenge participant 
Lycoming College has joined PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Lycoming students learned about the Food Recovery Network at PERC's fall conference last year, formed a student chapter of FRN and officially joined the PHE-FRC this semester. Welcome!  If your campus is doing (or considering doing) Food Recovery work (composting, food donation, source reduction), join the PHE-FRC to share your results and to learn from other campuses and a network of experts.

PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.

Working on a Sustainable Future 

Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future.  We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future.  With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania.  PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.  

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Upcoming events

24 Oct 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA
06 Jan 2017 9:30 AM (EST) • Swarthmore College
Go to the Making Progress conf. recap page

Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.

Go Leveraging Strengths Conf. recap page

Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.


Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.







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